10 May 2023

Coordinated police sting keeps deadly drug off the streets

| Sarah Martin
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POLICE have seized tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs bound for Cooktown at a roadside sting in Lakeland.

On Sunday, a 50-year-old Brisbane man and a 40-year-old former Cooktown woman were charged after police allegedly found 19 grams of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, in their vehicle.

Senior Sergeant John McArthur said the couple was being monitored as they left Cairns in the joint operation between Cairns Tactical Crime Squad, Cooktown Criminal Investigation Branch and Laura and Cooktown uniformed staff.

“They were heading into Cooktown, which appears to be their intended distribution point,” he said on Monday.

“Thanks to the excellent work by the officers involved, a large amount of this harmful drug has been kept out of the Cooktown community.

“This is a serious possession charge, it is more than for personal use.”

The man was charged with five counts of breaching bail, one count of possessing a dangerous drug and a drug utensil.

The woman was charged with possessing a dangerous drug and a drug utensil and stealing from her employer.

The man will remain behind bars, while the woman has been released on bail with the condition that she not return to Cooktown until her court date.

The pair are due to appear in the Cooktown Magistrates Court on February 8.

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